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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. First things first: Catch up with a very full fortnight of freethought with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. There’s a lot about Michael De Dora at the UN Human Rights Council, and Michael has even more on his adventures there in this update. […]
Guest Post by Susan Gerbic Hemant Mehta is best known for his blog on Patheos, Friendly Atheist; he also has a podcast of the same name and has written about selling his soul on eBay. He has two other books, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide and The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media. Susan Gerbic: Hello Hemant, so gla […]
The Victorian trade card (a forerunner of the later business card), pictured here, is graced by the engraved portrait and facsimile signature of H.N. Wheelock. He is described on the reverse as a “Mental and Vital Magnetic Healer”—that is, one who treated both mind and body. “WILL THOU BE MADE WHOLE?” he asks. The word “magnetic” suggests Wheelock was employ […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. CFI’s Michael De Dora is quoted in the Associated Press‘s piece on Pakistan’s request to Facebook for the personal information of those they consider to be blasphemers. Pakistan arrests two men for posting “blasphemous” content to WhatsApp (that’s righ […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. A man plows an SUV into dozens of people in London, killing two, and stabs a police officer to death outside Parliament, before being shot himself. ISIS claims he’s one of theirs, but they always do that, and nothing has been confirmed. Here comes the f […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Facebook is going to meet with Pakistani officials to discuss the country’s request for the personal information of users Pakistan deem to have posted blasphemous content, and we asked Facebook to stick to its guns: Facebook should use its leverage to e […]
Secular humanism is emancipatory. My near-to-hand American Heritage Dictionary defines its root, emancipate, as follows: To free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate. Law. To release (a child) from the control of parents or a guardian. Like (I think) a majority of U.S. secular humanists, I grew up within a traditional religion. Like a smaller nu […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I forgot to mention yesterday that the day before that was the 5-year anniversary of The Morning Heresy as a web-published thingy. Here’s the first one to appear on the web, and as you can see, the quality has not diminished one iota. Nor has it increas […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The State Department says the U.S. is boycotting the UN Human Rights Council debate on “agenda item seven,” which is about Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians. In India, a man named H. Farook is hacked to death by men with sickles for posti […]
In the new film Get Out, an adorably-dimpled young woman named Rose (Allison Williams) reassures her African-American photographer boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) that her family will like him when they meet him for the first time during their upcoming weekend visit. And sure enough they do when the finally arrive at her parents’ rural home; Rose’s father, […]
Teenage blogger Amos Yee, above, who was jailed twice in Singapore for posting political and religious criticism online, has been granted asylum in the United States, according to the BBC. Yee, 18, was detained in the US when he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in December. He came into the country on a tourist visa […]
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has filed a lawsuit against two state officials for refusing to grant a birth certificate to a child because of the last name given to her by her parents – ‘Allah’. According to this report, the ACLU filed the suit Thursday on behalf of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal […]
Back in December last year, Mormon Ayla ‘Purpose’, above, announced on her Nordic Sunrise blog – (motto: “In Search of the Christian Culture That Made Our Countries Great”) – that she had created a free ‘pro-white children’s book’. Then, on March 19, she reinforced her racist, anti-immigration sentiments on Red Ice TV, a far-right channel, […] […]
Back in 2015, Coty Richardson, above, was sacked by administrators at a small evangelical Christian college in Oregon after she refused their demand to marry or dump her partner. But this week a federal judge ruled that Northwest Christian University, a private, 700-student school in Eugene, had illegally discriminated against Richardson, who had been an […] […]
Sex educator Shelly Donahue, above, will never again get to address youngsters at Jenks Public Schools in Oklahoma after her faith-based advice sparked outrage among students. According to this report, Donahue, who is “passionately committed to Jesus Christ as the ultimate answer to the teen sexual activity problem in America“, recently gave a talk that […] […]
Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, above, has sparked an investigation into a Montreal mosque in which he delivered a sermon advocating the killing of Jews. According to this report, his sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood and was later posted on YouTube. In the video, the imam […]
Devout Muslims watching Touba TV in Senegal were shocked when the the religious channel broadcast 20 minutes of pornography on Monday afternoon. According to this report, Touba bosses said that it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur “X’’ for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programm […]
Yesterday, Associated Press, in reporting on the historic $4-million renovation of the Edicule, described it as ‘the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven’. This got right up the nose of Steven D Greydanus, a deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. Writing for The National Catholic Register, he accused AP of conflating Jesus’s […]
When news broke earlier this month that Nicolosi, above – known as ‘the father of gay reparative therapy’ – had died, LifeSiteNews ran a grossly inaccurate headline: ‘Joseph Nicolosi helped thousands coping with unwanted homosexual desires’. He most certainly did not. In fact, the devout Catholic quack, according to Christian writer Jonathan Merritt, wrecked […]
South Carolina State Representative Josiah Magnuson, above, has a bold new vision for America in which ‘Christ is placed in His rightful position as the authority over all of life, and His law of liberty is made our rule of conduct’. Magnuson, 25, and fellow S Carolina State Rep Jonathon Hill, 32, inset – both […]